Escalator/Elevator Service Technician/Inspector

Building Serviceman, Contract Serviceman, Elevator Lift Technician, Elevator Worker   More Names
Escalator/Elevator Mechanic, Escalator/Elevator Service Mechanic, Escalator/Elevator Service Technician, Mechanic, Platform Power Technician

Escalator/ elevator service technicians/ inspectors maintain, install, test, alter, repair, and ensure the safe and efficient functioning of escalators and elevators that are essential in many public transportation facilities. They are charged with both the routine inspection and maintenance of equipment, and repairs of faulty or damaged equipment. They keep records on repairs and prepare reports regarding the status of the equipment.

Technicians and inspectors must have knowledge of electronic equipment, hydraulics, and electrical components needed to install and repair escalators and elevators, as well as mechanical ability. They must be detail oriented, and have good communication, problem-solving, and record-keeping skills.

Escalator/ elevator service technicians/ inspectors can be exposed to hazardous conditions and hazardous equipment, as well as to contaminants. They may work in areas with inadequate light and in very hot or cold temperatures. Technicians/ inspectors may work in cramped work spaces and awkward positions, as well as in high places, and they spend most of their work time standing on their feet. It is Important for the technicians/ inspectors to be exact and accurate, because the consequence of error can affect others' safety.

Employers require a high school diploma or general educational development (GED) certificate. This occupation usually requires training in vocational schools, an associate's degree, or related on-the-job experience . Employers also look for previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience, such as one year at the journeyperson-level. Many industry employers provide on-the-job training, but click on the "get qualified" tab above to see additional resources for job preparation and training, as well as available educational programs in your area.

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Job Growth and Wages
Percent Job Growth:  
13% - Average
Typical Wages (National):  
Annual: $56,060 - $97,670    Hourly: $27 - $47

Note:  There may be opportunities for overtime work and overtime pay in this occupation.

Physical/Medical/Health Requirements

Elevator installers and repairers may suffer falls from ladders, burns due to electrical shocks, and muscle strains from lifting and carrying heavy equipment. As a result, workers must take precaution and wear protective equipment such as hard hats, harnesses, and safety glasses.

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Typical Education:

High School or GED (HS)
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Percent Job Growth:

13% - Average
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Typical Wages:

Annual: $56,060 - $97,670

Hourly: $27 - $47